More Iron Age remains found in St. Albans

More Iron Age remains found in St. Albans

A few weeks ago we informed you that the researchers were trying to unravel the mystery of the Roman urns of St. Albans. Now, a team of archaeologists has found much more material in the region, a entry to the Iron Age tribal capital of Verlamion, forerunner of the Roman city of Verulamium and otherfive urns containing cremated remains dating back 2,000 years.

The ancient objects were discovered on the playing fields of King Harry Lane School, which is being transformed into 150 homes. One of the conditions was being able to investigate the site before building in the area. The urns have been named King Harry One, Two, Three, Four and Five in honor of the place where they have been found.

Inside the urn

Andy Hood, archaeologist at the Archeology Foundation, Swindon, explained that the urns were found packed in the ground and positioned vertically at the entrance to Verlamion, the current St. Albans. “They probably belong to the period of the conquest, of the Roman conquest in 43 AD. Could be described as of national importance, a significant finding”. Andy explains that the locals were at the center of their power when the romans arrived.

The polls have been safe for two millennia even though they are barely 40 centimeters from the surface. Three of the urns could contain remains belonging to a family, since they were found together. The other two were separated. Remains of metal objects, possibly brooches. Andy says: "We think there is a Roman cemetery here”.

Investigation of a nearby levee has brought to light a bag of Roman copper coins. All things have been sent to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Center, where analyzes will tell the age and gender of people to which the remains belong.

The key question is whether they belong to the British Catuvellauni tribe or to Roman soldiers or dignitaries. Through of high-tech CT scans, the content of the ballot boxes will be analyzed.

Center Curator Kelly Abbott says she could have difficulties examining the ballot boxes without scanning because the exterior ceramic is fragmented, there are pieces of bone, remains of earth, as if it were a sandwich.

Some time ago Kelly had back surgery and when she got the X-rays she thought that she could do that to help. see inside archaeological objects. Months later, the dream came true when a BMI Bath Clinic radiologist offered to scan the inside of the polls at your leisure. Thanks to this, 3D technology can be used and the remains can be scanned from any angle.

She Add: “We couldn't have investigated them any other way. Museums don't host large amounts of finds, so it was great. It was thanks to your kindness that we were able to take those pictures and it's not something conservatives normally do”.

Helen Williams, the conservative chief, says that “lots of exciting detail seen with the scanner”. Ensures that the center receives many urns of different types.

Jeremy Alden, the Linden Homes technical director, He says: "We have invested a great deal of time liaising with archaeologists to ensure a robust excavation that was successful as part of the King Harry Park rebuilding process. We are delighted that finds of this importance are discovered intact and with the help of the Wiltshire Conservation Service it can be correctly interpreted and given a greater understanding of local history.”

The Iron Age entry has been declared protected and will not be built on it. The objects will be analyzed and preserved before being taken to the museum.

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